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2016 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Midsize Cars

2016 Vehicle Dependability Study: Most Dependable Midsize Cars

By Christian Wardlaw, February 25, 2016
Based on the feedback of original owners of 3-year-old vehicles, the annual J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS) summarizes what has gone wrong with their new cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans. Survey questions focus on design- and defect-related problems, and after J.D. Power collects the information and distills the research, it publishes the findings in the VDS.

Power Circle Ratings are derived from this research. Designed for consumers, these ratings provide a top-level summary reflecting a vehicle’s performance in the VDS, helping them to make informed purchase decisions.

This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2013 midsize cars that receive a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for vehicle dependability after 3 years of ownership.


2013 Buick Regal
Based on a global vehicle originally designed and engineered in Germany, the Buick Regal came with a standard hybrid powertrain in 2013. Two turbocharged 4-cylinder engines were also available. Featuring European driving dynamics, the stylish Regal is a dependable and enjoyable midsize sedan.

The 2013 Buick Regal receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.


2013 Chevrolet Malibu
Chevrolet redesigned the Malibu for the 2013 model year, building the car on a different platform with a shorter wheelbase. The result was a small rear seat, and the Malibu struggled against more comfortable competitors. A 4-cylinder engine, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, and a hybrid powertrain were available.

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and earns a dependability award in the Midsize Car segment.


2013 Honda Accord
Honda redesigned the Accord for the 2013 model year, shrinking the car a bit compared with the previous version. New engines, infotainment systems, and safety technologies debuted, and a new Sport trim level gave the Accord a racy look at an affordable price. A 2-door coupe was also part of the lineup.

The 2013 Honda Accord receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


2013 Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai’s shapely Sonata originally came with the best warranty in the business, so it’s a good thing this car’s owners find it to be dependable. Offered in GLS, SE, and Limited trim levels with a choice between a standard and a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the 2013 Sonata was unchanged aside from added standard equipment for all three trim levels.

The 2013 Hyundai Sonata receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.


2013 Subaru Legacy
The only midsize sedan available with standard all-wheel drive, the Subaru Legacy received several significant changes in 2013. In addition to slight styling updates, the standard 4-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission were new, the suspension was re-tuned, and Subaru introduced new safety systems for the Legacy.

The 2013 Subaru Legacy receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


2013 Toyota Camry
One year after a complete redesign, the 2013 Camry included a standard touch-screen infotainment system, expanded availability of a blind-spot monitoring system, and a new rear cross-traffic alert system. The car continued in L, LE, SE, and XLE trim levels with a choice between a 4-cylinder, V-6, and a hybrid powertrain.

The 2013 Toyota Camry receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.


2013 Toyota Prius
Commonly considered to be a compact car, the Toyota Prius is actually classified as a midsize model by the EPA. With roomy seating and a big trunk, a Prius functions well as a fuel-efficient family car. A plug-in hybrid version offered a short driving range at speeds up to 60 mph. In 2013, a new Persona Series special edition debuted.

The 2013 Toyota Prius receives a Vehicle Dependability Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

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